Company Co-Founded by Dr. Phil Files Lawsuit Against Competitor for Plagiarism

Dallas-based litigation consulting and support firm Courtroom Sciences Inc. (CSI) is suing its competitor DecisionQuest for allegedly plagiarizing a CSI paper on trial tactics. CSI was co-founded in 1990 by TV psychologist and daytime talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, but he is no longer affiliated with the firm. The paper in question is called A Brief Primer on the Reptile Theory of Trial Strategy: Plaintiff Psychology and the Defense Response,” which DecisionQuest’s Ann T. Greeley presented at a 2015 American Bar Association conference. That paper includes key phrases and sentences that also appear in two CSI papers titled “Derailing the Reptile Safety Rule Attack: A Neurocognitive Analysis and Solution” and Debunking and Redefining the Plaintiff Reptile Theory. CSI Senior Litigation Consultant and Vice President Bill Kanasky Jr. wrote and published the content in 2014. I think it’s rather stunning, says Dallas attorney Rogge Dunn of Clouse Dunn, who represents CSI. “All of us learned in elementary school that you don’t copy someone else’s work. Copying to this degree is extraordinary.

The case is CSI Litigation Psychology, LLC vs. DecisionQuest, Inc.,No. 3:16-cv-03255-G in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

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